February 2018 Meeting – Indian Marker Trees: Living witnesses to the history of a past civilization.

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 Meeting will be: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm



American Indians used trees not only to mark a trail, but also to signal the presence of important features, some of which were critical for survival. Indian marker trees are living witnesses and a significant part of this nation’s cultural heritage. Volunteers for the Texas Historic Tree Coalition (TxHTC) are working hard to find, research, verify, recognize and celebrate these priceless cultural treasures.

TxHTC is passionate in its purpose to increase awareness and understanding of Indian marker trees. The coalition promotes wise and responsible stewardship of these trees and views them as natural assets that must be carefully managed. TxHTC strives to help others recognize their significance to the traditions of American Indians and the American legacy.


About the Speaker. Life in the tree care business began for Dallas native Steve Houser while he attended morning college classes and simultaneously spent afternoons maintaining the trees at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, Texas. Nights and week-ends he fed his passion for flying and became a licensed FAA aviation mechanic, attended Pilot Ground School, and scored 100 percent on the Federal Aviation Administration exam, a rare feat.

One of the first certified arborists in Texas, Steve is owner/president of a Dallas-Fort Worth area tree-care experts firm that he started 37 years ago. The firm employs many of the state’s top consulting arborists, as well as national and international award-winning tree climbers. He is well regarded by his peers within the industry. The Steve Houser Award of Excellence (aka “The Houser Cup”), established in 2001, is awarded each year to the Texas state tree-climbing champion by the International Society of Arboriculture, Texas Chapter.

In his spare time, Steve contributes more than 1,000 volunteer hours each year to worthwhile tree-related causes, educating the public about trees and natural resource-related issues. He teaches forest ecology to Master Naturalists and biology and arboriculture to Master Gardeners in North Central Texas.

The February 2018 Chapter meeting:

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

The meeting place for November is:

Meadows Conference Center
Oak Corner Conference Room
2900 Live Oak Street
Dallas, TX 75204

As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see YOU there!

Jim’s This & That, January 2018

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The Dragonflyer – Volume 72 – November/December 2017 Issue

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The Dragonflyer – Volume 72 – November/December 2017 is now available! We’ve had a busy fall, and we’re ending strong with lots of announcements and opportunities. All in this last edition of The Dragonflyer for 2017.


Questions/comments? Email us at: newsletter@ntmn.org

January 2018 Meeting – Finding Common Ground and Advancing Positive Conservation Outcomes in Environmental Issues

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